Got the Flu? Stay Away
The Bay of Plenty DHB is urging those with flu-like symptoms to stay well away from others. 64 cases of Swine Flu has been confirmed throughout the Lakes and Bay districts. It follows a national warning from the Health Ministry the country is in its second wave of pandemic. Medical Officer of Health Dr Jim Miller says there's been a rapid increase in the last month with hundreds of school children at home, sick. And he's dispelling rumours it's too late to be immunised. Dr Jim Miller says about a third of the population is likely to have immunity to H1N1 from being exposed to it last year.
Third School Hit by Bug
A nasty stomach bug rippling through schools could just be the flu. Tauranga's Greenpark Primary School is the third school to report high absenteeism from a vomiting virus. More than 150 pupils, including school principal Graeme Lind, have been away sick since Monday. Spokeswoman Christina Leaf says it's a huge dent to their school roll. The District Health Board says it's likely those suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting could have the flu.
Waste Worker Pledging for Tyre Levy
A Bay of Plenty waste worker is pledging for a tyre levy so the product can finally be appropriately disposed. Marty Moffat of Waste Watchers Ltd has written to Environment Minister Nick Smith for an advance disposal fee on packaging and tyres. It's estimated New Zealanders throw out nearly 11,000 tyres a day and a billion beverage cans a year - most are dumped in landfills. Mr Moffat is challenging the local government to get both producers and consumers to take responsibility. He says there's huge potential for old tyres to be broken into coal.
Spate of Accidents in Wet Conditions
There's been a slew of minor accidents on Bay of Plenty roads this week, as the region is swamped with wet weather. Sergeant Mark Holmes says they've noticed a number of non-injury car crashes, especially at intersections. He says it's a reminder to drivers to remain patient as road conditions worsen.
Repeat Drink Driver Sentenced
A repeat drink driver who was spotted driving on the wrong side on State Highway 2 has been sentenced to community work. Karen Scally has been sentenced in the Tauranga District Court on two charges, her blood alcohol reading was 936 micrograms. The 60 year old was seen driving erratically on the wrong side of the road back in May. She says she was escaping her brother who has a meth habit and was demanding money from her. Judge Rollo has sentenced her to 150 hours community work, 12 months supervision and disqualified her from driving for 18 months.